The Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance
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The Pirates of Penzance NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(16 Reviews)
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Members say
Delightful, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

About the Show

Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to The Hypocrites' raucous and utterly zany beach-party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta.

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Campy, Frantic, Well sung, Less-would-be-more, Don't change melodies!

See it if you'd like a broad, shticky POP. Mostly good voices. High energy. NOT classic G&S; signif'ly reimagined. Lyrics hard to hear. Lines changed.

Don't see it if you love Sullivan's music. It's mostly played on string instruments. And melodies are CHANGED. This is heresy. Why mess w wonderful music? Read more

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Delightful, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Innovative and fun. About 1/4 of the audience sits on stage. The actors improvise extra silliness on top of an already silly show.

Don't see it if You don't like farce. You don't want liberties taken with the original script and music. Immersive/improvised elements are not your thing.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
December 1st, 2017

“This ‘Pirates’ turns out to be the most charmingly relaxed production of a Gilbert and Sullivan work that I’ve come across...An antic exuberance is built into the form and content of Gilbert and Sullivan shows. And the ensemble here, which doubles as its own band, channels that spirit with an infectious blitheness that requires no footnotes....You are sure to feel a joyful complicity with what’s occurring onstage."
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Times Square Chronicles
December 4th, 2017

"This performance is exhilarating...The adaptation hits all of the major plot points and musical moments while seamlessly infusing witty pop culture references. Director Sean Graney has adapted and staged the piece with abandon...The actors are a tight musical and vocal ensemble with effusive energy...It is one thing to watch such a well-executed show, it is quite another delightful thing to participate in it so closely. It is the perfect antidote to cold winter days."
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Chicago Tribune
November 28th, 2011
For a previous production

"It's hard not to have big-time fun at this carnival of a 'Pirates,' which lands in one of rare but sweet spots where a fairly outlandish off-Loop conceit meshes deliciously with the original material...The show is cast with exuberant young actors and musicians whose singing ranges from passable to pretty decent...I think this truly terrific conception would be yet funnier with a full compliment of operetta-trained singers."
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Everything Musicals
October 9th, 2017
For a previous production

"A frothy atmospheric production complete with beach balls, picnic tables, and plastic wading pools. The atmosphere is true to the playful spirit of the original show, while adding some lovingly ridiculous elements of the group's own devising...The real fun here comes from the spirited and arch direction by Sean Graney, and the lovingly over-the-top performances...'Pirates' doesn't try to be anything beyond what it is, which is a rollicking good time."
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T
May 17th, 2013
For a previous production

"Despite the aura of 'Gidget Goes Hawaiian' that surrounds the show and the profusion of cute props like rubber duckies and ukeleles, the ensemble can be forgiven because they and the artistic staff have the smarts not to mess with the original score and lyrics...Graney arranges the mayhem with a sure touch, keeping the musical values of the songs intact...It’s not always necessary to be enlightened by theater. Sometimes it’s more than enough to have a rollicking good time."
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The Mercury News
October 23rd, 2015
For a previous production

"You might say this is a very spunky model of a postmodern musical...A giddy journey through immersive theater that turns the Gilbert and Sullivan chestnut into an outrageous evening of frisky song and silliness...The cheekiest aspect of Sean Graney’s staging is how cleverly he plays fast and loose with the somewhat stodgy Gilbert and Sullivan canon...A holiday show for all seasons that actually seems joyous instead of merely entertaining."
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Chicago Theatre Review
December 22nd, 2014
For a previous production

"Thoroughly enjoyable, filled with audience participation and overflowing with contemporary references...More madness, mayhem and musical magic occurs in this tropical isle-inspired, lightning-paced production than audiences can even comprehend...The G&S purist may find this uniquely inventive production not to his liking. The majority of theatergoers will revel in the manic fun and unexpected frivolity and musicality Graney has brought to the theatre."
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DC Theatre Scene
July 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"One wild ride of a show...This show practically leapt off of the immersive stage. The energy level of the cast stayed at such an intensity, it was almost too much to take in...I don’t want to spoil the frantic fun of the entire experience by exposing their little flourishes and embellishments, but this is a savvy and sharp group of comic actor/singer/musicians; under Graney’s direction, they not only get the G & S bits right, they add some hilarious touches."
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Chicago Theater Beat
December 2nd, 2011
For a previous production

"A uniquely stylized, fast-paced rendition of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic...Despite the many quirks that The Hypocrites bring to the opera, the production retains all the charm that made Gilbert and Sullivan such beloved luminaries of contemporary musical theatre...The snappy comedy, the witty dialogue, and the clever turns of plot are all here...This is a tight cast of incredible talent...If you want to see some invigorating theatre, go see 'The Pirates of Penzance.'"
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DC Metro Theater Arts
July 18th, 2016
For a previous production

"One cheeky take on Gilbert and Sullivan’s century-old satire...A delightful, summer beach party themed, breezy affair...A Looney Tunes musical that remains somewhat true and intact to the original music...The principal player and the full ensemble are all impishly spirited, playing their roles with a deep affection...'Pirates of Penzance' will easily charm you with its devil-may-care attitude...The venerable duo of Gilbert and Sullivan were not harmed, but treated with care and affection."
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Culture Vulture
November 11th, 2015
For a previous production

"Upon entering, one is immersed in the joyous, colorful, tuneful, noisy world of the Hypocrites....All the members of the Hypocrites belt out Gilbert and Sullivan tunes with clear, loud voices and lots of heart...They put a tremendous amount of energy into their performances, such that the audience can’t help but be carried along. This translates into a cheery carefree evening to enjoy with friends, family and children of all ages."
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NewCity Stage
December 22nd, 2014
For a previous production

"This production of 'Pirates' is as tightly and artistically controlled, as professionally faultless an affair as you will see anywhere...Graney is an amazing artist. There is method—and cunning, brilliant, astonishing insight—in his madness...I marveled at the split-second timing, the perfect sense of pace, the clarity of enunciation, the inspired word-play by many of the troupe on top of Gilbert’s wittiest puns and rhymes...See this play. Tell your friends about it."
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